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Origin of "Wake up and Smell the Coffee"

Posted by Billy Jo on July 08, 2000

In Reply to: Origin of "Wake up and Smell the Coffee" posted by Shelly on July 06, 2000

: Is it always with the "and" or could it be this way:
: Wake up.
: Smell the Coffee.
: If the 2nd is also correct, does it imply that it is definitely "coffee" we are referring to rather than a preoccupation?

I've never hear this expression nor has anybody else I've consulted. It would therefore seem it has limited distribution and may have started life as a meaningless joke or jest.